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Cohousing: Potential and Challenges


21 June 2018 / 6.00 – 8.30pm
The Mechanics Institute (main hall), 103 Princess St, M1 6DD
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Cohousing initiatives are commonly understood as intentional communities created by a group of likeminded people seeking alternative ways of living together. It is relatively small scale in the UK yet existing cohousing initiatives demonstrate that cohousing has the potential to generate a wealth of positive social and sometimes economic outcomes also.

Can cohousing contribute to a fairer or more inclusive housing landscape in Greater Manchester? What can we learn from existing experiments about the potential for cohousing in lower income areas of our city-region? This event will comprise a combination of speakers, Q&A, and highly participatory discussion with opportunities for networking.


Greater Manchester Housing Co-operatives: Past, Present & Future    26 April 2018 / 6.00-8.30pm                 Co-ops UK, Holyoake House, Manchester  M60 0AS

Community Land Trusts: the what, why and how
19 July 2018 / 6.00-8.30pm
Friends Meeting House (main hall), Manchester M2 5NS

Alternative Models of Ownership: risks and opportunities for the community-led housing movement
20 September 2018 / 6.00-8.30pm
Friends Meeting House (main hall), Manchester M2 5NS

Lessons from the Global South for community-led housing
1 November 2018 / 6.00-8.30pm
Upper Hall, Friends Meeting House, Manchester M2 5NS

Greater Manchester Community-led Housing Network launch
8 December 2018 / 1.00-4.30pm
Mechanics Institute (main hall), Manchester M1 6DD                          Note: this is a Saturday event

Housing Futures


Housing Futures is organising a series of monthly events throughout 2018 on a range of community-led housing models. These events are aimed both at building a Greater Manchester network of people, groups and organisations interested in promoting community-led housing, but also in thinking through the potential and challenges associated with community-led housing. We are particularly interested in thinking through what it has to offer low-income neighbourhoods amidst a crisis in housing availability and affordability in certain areas. We hope that the partnership will lay the foundations for a new regional hub for support and advice on community-led housing in Greater Manchester. We would like to thank Manchester Urban Institute at the University of Manchester for their sponsorship of the Housing Futures events programme.


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For more information about Housing Futures please contact: Hannah Berry, Housing Futures Steering Group Chair, at gmhousingfutures@gmail.com.

For more information about the Realising Just Cities programme at the University of Sheffield please contact: Dr Sophie King, Realising Just Cities Research Fellow, at s.king@sheffield.ac.uk.